• Short Summary

    John and Mary Holmes' dogs perform tricks with the help of some rabbits, ducks and goats.

  • Description

    Benson, Oxfordshire.

    M/S of some cream-coloured puppies and an adult dog (Labradors? Golden Retrievers?) in an enclosure; they stop tearing round to watch three corgis scamper past outside the cage, pulling a small covered wagon containing two grey rabbits (I love Colour Pictorials!). Various shots of the corgis, Brag, Roddy and Pip, trotting along and pulling the wagon.

    C/U of breeder-trainers John and Mary Holmes who are encouraging the dogs to run towards them in a field. M/Ss as the corgis arrive and are petted by the couple; they wear matching outfits of felt 'hunting' hats, tweedy jackets, kilts and knee-length socks. The rabbits are taken out of the wagon and chained to a weight; C/U of them sitting there with noses a-twitching.

    Commentator tells us John and Mary take their travelling act to carnivals, fetes and agricultural shows. M/S as John leads a dog, Fahmi the Saluki, into a run; the dog then leaps through a hoop mounted over a podium where other dogs and a goat are standing. John and Mary stand proudly beside the podium with the animals (I think this is the finale of their act).

    M/S as Mary lets three Indian Runner ducks out of a basket. Two Border Collies, Judy and Jed, follow John's whistled instructions and direct the ducks into a pen, sheepdog style.

    Note: there are notes on John and Mary Holmes on file. For anyone interested, the rabbits are called Peter and Paul.

    John and Mary also feature in CP 286 'Animal Farm'.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:14:13:00 / 01:16:01:00
    CP 067

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